Platalea leucorodia: Eurasian Spoonbill

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The Eurasian Spoonbill or Common Spoonbill [Platalea leucorodia] is a wading bird of the ibis and spoonbill family Threskiornithidae,

This is a Palearctic species, breeding from the United Kingdom and Spain in the west through to Japan, and also in North Africa. In Europe, only The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Hungary and Greece have sizeable populations. Most birds migrate to the tropics in winter.

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Eurasian Spoonbills show a preference for extensive shallow, wetlands with muddy, clay or fine sandy beds. They may inhabit any type of marsh, river, lake, flooded area and mangrove swamp, whether fresh, brackish or saline, but especially those with islands for nesting or dense emergent vegetation [e.g. reedbeds] and scattered trees or srubs. Eurasian Spoonbills may also frequent sheltered marine habitats during the winter such as deltas, estuaries, tidal creeks and coastal lagoons.

Photos: Jurong Bird ParkSingapore [20120303]

Source: Wikipedia

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